Monstrilio: Gerardo Sámano Córdova in Conversation with Gabriel Smith

Wednesday 24th July 2024
19:00 at Waterstones, London - Trafalgar Square

Monstrilio: Gerardo Sámano Córdova in Conversation with Gabriel Smith

Join us in welcoming Gerardo Sámano Córdova in conversation with Gabriel Smith, in celebrating Monstrilio- a tale that is a multilayered meditation on loss, acceptance and what it means to be human. 
Grieving mother Magos cuts out a piece of her deceased eleven-year-old son Santiago’s lung. Acting on fierce maternal instinct and the dubious logic of an old folktale, she nurtures the lung until it gains sentience, growing into the carnivorous little Monstrilio she keeps hidden within the walls of her family’s decaying Mexico City estate. Eventually, Monstrilio begins to resemble the Santiago he once was, but his innate impulses—though curbed by his biological and chosen family’s communal care—threaten to destroy this fragile second chance at life.
A thought-provoking meditation on grief, acceptance, and the monstrous sides of love and loyalty, Gerardo Sámano Córdova blends bold imagination and evocative prose with deep emotional rigor. Told in four acts that span the globe from Mexico to Brooklyn to Berlin, Monstrilio offers, with uncanny clarity, a cathartic and precise portrait of being human.



Gerardo Sámano Córdova is a writer and artist from Mexico City living in Brooklyn. He is the author of Monstrilio. His stories have appeared in Apartmento Magazine, Catapult, The Common, Passages North, Chicago Quarterly Review, and others. He holds an MFA in Fiction from the University of Michigan and is the current Writer in Residence at Fordham University. Gerardo has also been known to draw little creatures.



Gabriel Smith is 29 and from London. His fiction has appeared in The Drift, New York Tyrant Magazine, and The Moth. He was mentored by the late Giancarlo DiTrapano of Tyrant Books, who edited and was to publish Gabriel's debut novel on his own imprint.

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Wednesday 24th July 2024
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